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PSEi inches up on 2nd day

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 15 min ago
THE LOCAL stock barometer firmed up on Thursday as investors welcomed the US Federal Reserve's indication to delay the next US interest rate increase. The Philippine Stock Exchange index gained 25.95 points or 0.39 percent to close at 6,663.43, drawing strength from US Fed chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the US Congress. "Yellen said tightening financial conditions and uncertainty over China's economic health are both risks to the U.S. recovery, however, it is unlikely that the Fed would reverse the interest rate tightening cycle it began in December. That said, Yellen did suggest that such risks could delay plans for raising short-term interest rates. Given this, the market ...

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PSL still ‘very balanced, competitive’ despite player movements

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Despite the massive player movements in the off-season, the Philippine Superliga assured the balance of power when the league unveils its 2016 season with the Invitational Cup on Feb. 18 at The Arena in San Juan. Two new teams will join the field namely F2 Logistics and New San Jose Builders. With the bunch of players they acquired, both squads are expecting to come at par with league champion teams Foton, Petron and come-backing RC Cola-Army. "What we have is a very balanced and competitive field," PSL president Ramon "Tats" Suzara said after they released the team lineups. "Like in the previous conferences, looking at the lineups alone, it's anybody's ballgame. It all boi...

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Court issues arrest warrant for Neri Naig, ABS-CBN employee over libel

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 37 min ago
CEBU CITY---A regional trial court judge has issued an arrest warrant for television actress Neri Naig-Miranda and an employee of ABS-CBN in connection with the libel charges filed against them. Judge Ricky Jones Macabaya of the Regional Trial Court Branch 5 in Cebu City directed the Quezon City Police Station or "any officer of the law" to arrest Miranda and Star Magic road manager Danilyn Nunga and present them before him. "You (arresting officers) are hereby commanded to arrest Nunga and Miranda who are said to be found at ABS-CBN corner Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City, and to bring them before this court to be dealt with according to law," said the judge in the arrest order dat...

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Priest arrested in Italy child sex ring probe

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 38 min ago
ROME --- A priest and a junior football coach were among 11 people arrested in northern Italy on charges of paying for sex with minors, police said Thursday. The arrests in the Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna regions follow a six-month investigation led by detectives in Brescia into a prostitution network which used social media to put the minors in contact with potential clients. The accused priest was named by his diocese as Diego Rota, 45, a parish priest in the village of Solza near the city of Bergamo. "The serious charges which Don Rota is accused of have caused amazement, dismay and profound pain to the bishop and our whole community," said monsignor Giulio Dellavite, Secretary Gen...

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Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 59; 76 still missing

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 41 min ago
TAINAN, Taiwan --- Taiwan's Ministry of Interior says the death toll from a weekend earthquake has risen to 59, with 76 people still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building. The 16-story Weiguan Golden Dragon complex was the only building to collapse during Saturday's magnitude-6.4 earthquake, which otherwise caused limited damage in the southern city of Tainan. Government prosecutors have detained three construction company executives on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death amid accusations that the structure, built in 1989, was not properly reinforced. A total of 327 people in the building survived. Rescuers sa...

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N. Korea orders all S. Koreans to leave Kaesong immediately

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 45 min ago
SEOUL --- North Korea on Thursday ordered all South Koreans to leave the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone immediately and announced it was seizing all materials left in the complex.   The announcement by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea followed Seoul's decision on Wednesday to shut down Kaesong operations as punishment for the North's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.   In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, the committee said it was closing Kaesong and declaring it a military area.   It also announced the cutting of all military communications with South Korea, including the main channel th...

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PBA D-League: Tanduay cuts down Wangs for second straight win

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 48 min ago
Tanduay atoned for its early mistakes in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup as it intoxicated Wangs Basketball, 90-75, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena. With the win, the Rhum Masters are now at 2-2, good temporary second place in the table after starting the season 0-2. Tanduay head coach Lawrence Chongson said they are pressured to deliver every game as the sting of their 0-2 start put their backs against the wall. "Pressured? Yes. Talagang ganun sa format na single round robin diba," Chongson said. "Gusto mong makahabol sa mga leaders and at the same time to atone for our two early losses." "Gusto naming makabawi dun so kami wala lang laro lang talaga." Tanduay nearly had...

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Fire caused by unattended cooking razes 30 houses in Tondo

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 49 min ago
A fire caused by unattended cooking razed 30 houses in the slum of area of Tondo, Manila on Thursday afternoon. The fire that reached Task Force Delta at Barangay 160 Raha Bago left one injured and 90 families homeless. It was placed under control at 2:03 p.m. and declared out at 4:25 p.m. after more than a hundred fire trucks responded on site. The Manila fire district said the blaze started in the kitchen of a certain Michael Castillo. YG with reports from Aie Balagtas See, Philippine Daily Inquirer...

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Indonesia keen to develop tourism in Brunei

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 55 min ago
Indonesia is keen to develop cooperation with Brunei Darussalam in the tourism sector as it presents itself as an avenue to support economic diversification in the country. Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Rudhito Widagdosaid: "We are ready to promote tourism cooperation with Brunei such as through visits or by organizing discussions based around tourism. He noted that tourism industry and investment can improve the trade balance of both countries. The number of tourist arrivals from Indonesia to Brunei and vice versa has gradually decreased over the past few years pointing to tourist arrivals via air to Indonesia from Brunei for last year...

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LOOK: Maine, Carla wear Heart’s hand-painted dresses

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 58 min ago
Actress-host Heart Evangelista on Thursday shared photos of her fellow Kapuso personalities Maine Mendoza and Carla Abellana wearing gowns that she hand-painted herself. Evangelista took to Instagram to share photos of Mendoza and Abellana in black dresses with gold print design, which were part of her "Mark Bumgarner x Love Marie" collection with fashion designer Mark Bumgarner. "The reason we do what we love... #MBxLM #lovemarihandpainteddresse on @mainedcm @markbumgarner *kilig*," Evangelista said in the caption. "The beautiful @carlaangeline wearing a #MBxLM still very kilig about the magic of this dress... it's also my favorite @markbumgarner we should frame this," she ...

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SM to build chain of community theaters

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 58 min ago
THE SM group is set to roll out a chain of stand-alone community theaters under the brand "Blink Cinema," aiming to reach out to provincial areas where it's not possible to build a full-service shopping mall. The group plans to bring "Blink Cinemas" to the countryside using the franchising route and has identified 44 locations where these cinemas could be built in the next three to five years, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SMLEI) president Edgar Tejerero said in a press briefing on Thursday. The stand-alone theaters powered by Blink will release current films simultaneously airing with Metro Manila branches at an estimated price of P120 per head. The theaters can also be used as...

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Curry flirts with triple-double, Warriors top Suns

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 15 min ago
PHOENIX -- The Golden State-Phoenix mismatch wasn't the blowout most expected, just another routine Warriors victory. Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Warriors stormed into the All-Star break on an 11-game winning streak with a 112-104 victory over the free-falling Suns on Wednesday night. "It wasn't our best effort but I told them before the game keep the turnovers down, just be solid and we should be fine," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "For the most part, we did a good job of taking care of the ball. Thirteen turnovers is a pretty good number for us. We didn't do much else that well but it was enough." Curry had 26 ...

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Bishop reminds bets: Don’t dupe voters

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 15 min ago
A bishop has urged politicians seeking posts in the upcoming May elections to remain truthful and not to resort to duping voters.   In a radio interview, Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani laid out his four demands to candidates---all of which zeroing on "common good."   "Hamon ko sa mga kandidato: una, magpakatotoo kayo, huwag magkunwari, at magsabi ng totoo. Ikalawa, harinawa ay plataporma ang inyong ilahad sa mga tao sa halip na siraan o mga pang-entertain lang ang gagawin ninyo. Ilahad ninyo nang malinaw kung ano ang programa ninyo kung kayo ay mahalal bilang mga pinuno ng bayan.   "Ikatlo, napakahalaga, harinawa sa inyong pagkakampanya at sa h...

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Adeleke sets goal: win championship, be best player

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Kenny Adeleke is tasked to be the bastion of hope as Phoenix begins its PBA journey in the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Standing at 6-foot-9, the Nigerian big man is expected to compliment the bevy of playmakers and wing guys for the Fuel Masters. And this early, Adeleke is optimistic with what he's seeing from his squad. "I think we have a good team," he said. "We have a lot of three-point shooting. JC Intal is a great athlete. When he had a couple of dunks in practice, I thought it was just fool's gold. But he kept doing it, so I knew he was a really good athlete." The well-travelled 33-year-old knows the cards he can bring to the table for the league newcomers, saying...

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About to face health group, Duterte experiences migraine

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 25 min ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsDADjotkMc Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte suffered migraine after he had arrived at his speaking engagement in Ortigas.   Duterte was expected to speak before the Society of Hypertension and Philippine Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society on Thursday.   Speaking to reporters, his running-mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said Duterte experienced migraine and he had to take a rest.   But Cayetano said there is nothing to worry about Duterte's health.   READ: Duterte's 'battle vs cancer' black propaganda---spokesperson   His camp said he will have to take a rest for a while, but wil...

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Village exec, resident nabbed for gun ban violation in Masbate town

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 33 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY -- Two men, including a village official, were arrested by policemen in in separate raids in Balud town in Masbate province on Thursday for violation of the election gun ban, reports reaching the Bicol regional police headquarters here showed. Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, spokesperson of the police's Regional Special Operation Task Group (RSOTG) Masbate, said a police team, armed with a search warrant, went to the house of Romy Quesio in Barangay Danao at 6:40 a.m. and recovered an unlicensed .38 cal. pistol. The team went next to the house of Welson Obligar, a village councilman in Danao, and confiscated a .45 cal. pistol and two shotguns. READ: 835 arrested so far fo...

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PNP files murder rap vs alleged gunman in ex-PDI reporter’s slay

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 35 min ago
LOS BANOS, Laguna--The family of Melinda "Mei" Magsino, the slain former Batangas provincial correspondent of the INQUIRER, sees a ray of hope in the solution of her murder last year after the police identified one of two suspects following a statement from a witness last month. Supt. Danilo Mendoza, Batangas City police chief, said police filed a murder complaint against Edgardo Paredes, a resident of Mabitac town in Laguna province, in the Batangas City prosecutor's office on February 4. Mendoza said Paredes was also a suspect in the killing of a village councilor in Bauan town in Batangas in 2013. In a telephone interview on Thursday, Mendoza said Paredes' role in the Magsino s...

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Aquino, Roxas court barangay officials

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 46 min ago
After promoting his candidates to allies and mayors the day before, President Benigno Aquino III reprised his role on Thursday morning during the national assembly of village (barangay) officials.   Aquino showcased the gains of his administration and told village officials that they should vote for the tandem that will truly continue his "Daang Matuwid (Straight Path)" agenda.   "At para sa akin po, walang iba po iyan kundi si Mar Roxas at si Leni Robredo (For me, it's none other than Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo," he said.   READ: Aquino turns the spotlight on Roxas, Robredo in Iloilo   Highlighted during the event was the administration's ...

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Jun Ji-hyun welcomes baby boy

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 46 min ago
Actress Jun Ji-hyun on Wednesday gave birth to a baby boy. It has been around four years since she got married. According to her agency Culture Depot, Jun gave birth to her first child at a hospital in Seoul early morning on Wednesday. Both Jun and the baby are in a good health. Jun married her husband Choi Joon-hyuk in 2012. Choi, who works at the Bank of America's Seoul branch, comes from a well-to-do family. He is the son of renowned designer Lee Jung-woo and the grandson of Lee Young-hee, one of the most respected hanbok, or Korean traditional costume, designers in the country. Choi's father runs one of the largest asset management companies here. Jun has been on a break...

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FVR: Support for Leni Robredo ‘sincerely given,’ no strings attached

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 50 min ago
Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Thursday debunked a claim made in a newspaper report that he was set to deny his endorsement to administration vice presidential bet and Camarines Sur Rep. Ma. Leonor "Leni" Robredo.   In a handwritten note, Ramos said that his endorsement for Robredo was "sincerely given" and that he does not expect anything for return.   "Kindly be informed that FVR's support to Cong. Leni Robredo as a VP candidate was sincerely given, with no expectation of rewards or favors," Ramos said.   He also extolled the late Interior secretary Jesse Robredo as "a key stalwart" in his administration.   "The late DILG Secretary/Na...

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